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    Who is or who was playing? (old movie)

    So the movie was released in.. let's say 1969. And I want to ask a question about the actor, which one is correct:

    1. Who is the boy playing Jim Beam's son in Beam's Family Adventures?
    2. Who was the boy playing Jim Beam's son in Beam's Family Adventures?


    Should I use past or present to ask this kind of question? I'm confused, please help. Thanks.

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    Re: Who is or who was playing? (old movie)

    That depends on context. If you are watching the movie now, "is" would be the proper verb. If this is a trivia question, "was" would be appropriate.

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    Re: Who is or who was playing? (old movie)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That depends on context. If you are watching the movie now, "is" would be the proper verb. If this is a trivia question, "was" would be appropriate.
    I just watched the movie a couple hours ago, which one should I use then? Is or was?

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    Re: Who is or who was playing? (old movie)

    I would use "was" there.

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